Reich Vermont Counterpoint
Groves New Work (World Premiere)
Hamilton In Beautiful May
Crumb Vox Balanae
In 1969, George Crumb heard a tape recording of undersea sounds emitted by a humpback whale.
The experience never left him, and eventually inspired one of his most enigmatic pieces of music: Vox Balanae, or, Voice of the Whale.
It’s a perfect Manchester Collective piece, performed under blue light by anonymous, masked musicians, on instruments that are amplified and modified. It’s music from another world, an undersea world that audiences will experience on stage, together with our players.
Alongside Vox Balanae, we perform newly commissioned music by Alex Groves, Steve Reich’s exuberant Vermont Counterpoint for electric flute, and electro-acoustic madness from Andrew Hamilton.
In association with “Nature Unwrapped” at Kings Place. Kindly supported by Arts Council England and the RVW Charitable Trust.